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Published April 24, 2013
New Mexico Drought Status(data through 4/16/13)
Data Source(s): New Mexico State Drought Monitoring Committee, U.S. Drought Monitor
Most of New Mexico has received less than 50 percent of average precipitation since October 1, and dry conditions continued in the last 30 days as most of the region received less than 50 percent of average. While one winter storm did clip the northwest corner of the state, providing much-needed precipitation there—up to an inch in some locations—the event missed most of the state. Despite scant rain and snow in most of New Mexico, drought conditions remain largely unchanged from one month ago, partially because conditions are already at severe and extreme levels. Extreme drought conditions, however, did expand across parts of west-central New Mexico in areas that missed out on the one winter storm. As of April 16, moderate or more severe drought covered about 99 percent of New Mexico, with extreme or exceptional drought—the two most severe drought categories—covering about 58 percent of the state (Figures 5a–b). The last time moderate or a more severe drought category did not blanket some regions was at the end of 2010. With the winter now over, drought relief will not come until the monsoon rains begin in earnest, typically in early July.Notes:
The New Mexico section of the U.S. Drought Monitor is released weekly (every Thursday) and represents data collected through the previous Tuesday. The maps are based on expert assessment of variables including (but not limited to) the Palmer Drought Severity Index, soil moisture, streamflow, precipitation, and measures of vegetation stress, as well as reports of drought impacts. It is a joint effort of several agencies.
This summary contains substantial contributions from the New Mexico Drought Working Group.
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- Stephanie Doster, Institute of the Environment Editor
- Gregg Garfin, Founding Editor, Institute of the Environment
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- Nancy J. Selover, Arizona State Climatologist
- Jessica Dollin, CLIMAS Publications Assistant
- Dave Dubious, New Mexico State Climatologist
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